In case you missed last night's WriteOnCon Live Chat with agents Michelle Andelman (Regal Literary) and Joanna Stampfel-Volpe (FinePrint Literary, and editor Molly O'Neill (Associate Editor for an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books), here are a few yummy goodies to munch on:
ON WISH LISTS:
Michelle~ Would love more magical realism, psychologically twisted thrillers, and dark, juicy relationship stories.
Joanna~ Is looking for a juicy YA gothic, horror, or a great thriller.
Molly~ Wants to see more humor and wit. As she cleverly put it, "Not EVERY moment of being a teen/tween is angsty!"
Both agents agreed that humor isn't something they see much of in queries, and it would be refreshing to see more.
ON FIRST CHAPTERS/SCENES:
Michelle~ "A first chapter that isn't all prologue and scene-setting and build, but drops me in the middle of emotion and/or action...love! "
Joanna~ "I love to see something unexpected and fresh in any genre in a first scene. And I am really tired of seeing stories that start TOO much in the action--to the point where I don't even care about the character yet."
Molly~ "A lot of people seem to think starting with some big action is essential. Personally, I'm more intrigued if I'm seeing an interesting motivation behind the action."
*If you'd like to read the entire transcript, click HERE*
Up Friday...I think I'm going to have more fun with the J. Peterman Catalog (for those of you who thought he was only a character on Seinfeld, there's a real company and they have a number of dandy descriptions for their clothing/other items).